I found this place during a wander around the Hédas area of Pau. It's tucked away halfway up a flight of stairs from rue du Hédas to the upper level of the old town. I decided to go back one evening to try, and am glad I did.
It doesn't open until 20:00, a bit later than most restaurants in Pau seem to. Not knowing this, I arrived at around 19:45 (wanting to eat a bit early) but they were happy to let me in while they were finishing their preparations. So full marks for being accommodating.
I found the service pleasantly casual, but reasonably knowledgeable when I asked a few questions about both the food and the wine. Speaking of wine, for some reason they have decided to stock only 500ml "half" bottles rather than the more usual 375ml half bottles (they do have normal bottles of course). Now I like my wine, by half a litre is stretching the friendship when you're dining alone, and I hate leaving wine behind, so I had a bit of a conflict there.
I enjoyed the food a lot, although my choices were not particularly "Italian" with the exception of the Tiramisu I had for dessert. My starter was in fact foie gras, which is about as un-Italian as you can get I suppose. But it was very good, served with a creative fig bread and chutney, which worked well. My main was veal (one of the daily specials, the other was a fish dish), served with a nut crust which sounds odd, but worked well, and was very nicely presented (and was served directly from the kitchen by one of the kitchen staff). The dessert was good, without being really outstanding, but then I'm a bit particular about my Tiramisu.
During the time I was there, the whole restaurant pretty much filled up, so people obviously like the offering.
The bill came to 54 euros, which I thought a bit too high for what was offered (considering what the competition offers). If it had been 10 euros less, I'd probably rate the restaurant overall a notch higher.
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